The Leadership Team
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Ross has built a number of companies as the CEO and CTO. Most recently as President of a social media consulting company where he helped many business set and execute an online marketing and social media strategy. Ross is a founding member of the Davis Weber Social media club and a frequent trainer and speaker on the topic of social media and internet marketing.
Providing net-centric software applications to industries that span from government to health care. Has advanced skills in relational database management system design, web-centric software application methodologies, and web-centric application development and implementation including SaaS and the cloud. Most recently, has successfully completed projects for clients that include Los Alamos National Laboratories, St. Mark’s Hospital, Infovision, Inc., EIRI (USU), Community Health Connect, and Mortgage First, Inc. Specializes in the design and deployment of high-caliber systems that encapsulate complex processes in web-centric environments.
Advisors and Board Members
Norton has 42 years of industrial experience in high-tech companies. His industrial career began with IBM where he began as a Junior Engineer and advanced to that of a Senior Engineer and Program Manager. He was involved in manufacturing before moving into research and product development. After 16 years with IBM, Norton left to become a co-founder of IOMEGA where he served as vice president for Research and Development, Manufacturing, Product Management, Administration and Communications. He then founded and served as Director of Utah Research Institute, a division of Utah State University Research Foundation. They were engaged in federal contracts for the Department of Defense developing high-tech manufacturing process control systems. Norton then became a co-founder of Automated Solutions (currently iArchives) where he was CEO and Vice President for Research and Development. Following this, he became President and CEO of Utah State University Research Foundation which engages in federal contracts largely with NASA and the Department of Defense in the development of sophisticated optical sensor systems. He is now working with Grow Utah Venture as a Technical Advisor and Investment Executive.
T. Craig Bott
Craig Bott has provided senior level management advice and council on strategy, marketing and management to hundreds of emerging and expanding businesses throughout the western United States. He directed Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneurial Management consulting services and owned and operated his own successful consulting business for many years. He has served in a variety of senior operational positions at such companies as Franklin Covey, MarketStar as well as the Utah Governor’s Office.
He has advised and consulted with numerous civic and community leaders on how best to strengthen and grow their economic and business base and achieve job growth. He has directly advised the Utah Governor’s Office and the Commissioner’s Office for Higher Education on strategies to accelerate the growth of Utah’s aerospace and defense, energy and digital media industries.
Founder & CEO of several Companies, Expert in Lean Startup, Angel Investing – Starting, Launching & Funding Emerging Companies, Senior Technology Executive with Strong Business Strategy / Execution Capability, Deep Experience With Open Source and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) Technologies
John E. Richards is an active entrepreneur and angel investor, focusing on all types of businesses and locales but primarily on Internet and software companies headquartered in the Wasatch Front area of Utah. He often mentors entrepreneurs on a regular basis, employing the combination of his experience and teaching skills to help new ventures achieve their goals. He currently is managing partner of the oldest angel investing group in the state of Utah – UtahAngels.
He was president of a publishing company in Seattle, Washington for several years and later started a company that helped port that industry to the Internet, which eventually led to an initial public offering and multi-billion-dollar valuation on the NASDAQ stock market.
John co-founded BoomStartup, a mentorship-driven investment program patterned after Y-Combinator and TechStars. In this program, multiple tech startup companies are mentored and provided capital. He also co-founded the Utah Student 25, an Inc 500-like ranked listing (by revenue and profits) of the top student-founded businesses from Utah’s universities.
He is an associate professor at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in entrepreneurship and venture finance in the Marriott School of Management. At BYU he also serves as Associate Director of the
Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology.
John and his family reside in Provo, Utah.
Steve Spencer has seen several companies from inception through successful exits. His last several company involvements being: CTO of dotOne which sold in 1999 for $52.5M, CTO of Mediaport which was the 2002 UEC and received further funding; President and CTO of Twelve Horses which sold in 2009. Steve’s companies have been named as “Top 30 Innovative companies”, “Technology Company of the Year”, and “Small Business of the Year.” Steve also serves on several advisory boards, such as: Westminster College Institute for New Enterprise, the Art Institute, Circle 5, and the Board of Directors for the Sandy City Chamber of Commerce.
Steve is also a prolific blogger, author of white papers, and public speaker on topics of entrepreneurialism, interactive and social marketing. He has spoken along side such names as Seth Godin, and Patrick Byrne (CEO of Overstock). As well as been asked to present industry guidance to such organizations as Global Entrepreneurs and the Utah State Bar.
Alex has been launching and growing successful companies for more than 17 years. Alex is well-versed in business strategy and development, sales, Internet marketing, social media, venture & debt capital, mobile and web application development, franchising, mergers and acquisitions, exits, and day-to-day business operations.
Alex’s current partnership, Lendio, ranks #34 on the Inc. 500 list. Alex is Vice Provost of Innovation and Economic Development as well as an Adjunct Professor of Internet Marketing and Entrepreneurship at the John B. Goddard School of Business and Economics at Weber State University, where he earned his MBA. Alex is also the Director of USTAR (Utah Science Technology And Research) Technology Outreach for Northern Utah. USTAR is a long-term, state-funded investment to strengthen Utah’s “knowledge economy.” Alex serves as the Executive Director of the Weber State University Research Foundation (WSURF).
Alex writes a regular column for Utah Business Magazine. He has also been featured onTechCrunch, 40 under 40 Top Entrepreneurs, V100 Top 100 Technology Entrepreneurs, E-50 Top 50 Social Entrepreneurs, WSU Entrepreneur Alumni of the Year, and more. Alex currently volunteers as a Board Member for the Columbus Community Center for the Disabled and the Weber State University Alumni Association; two great community organizations. Alex is also on the advisory board for the Women Tech Council , The NorthFront Entrepreneur Alliance , Launch Sales and Marketing , the WSU Entrepreneur Association and is a Trustee for Launchup.org.